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Richter Selected to U.S. Olympic Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

USA Hockey today announced the selection of Rangers goaltender Mike Richter (Abington, PA) and Carolina netminder Tom Barrasso (Boston, MA) to the 2002 United States Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the XIX Olympic Winter Games, to be held February 8-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The addition of Richter and Barrasso brings the total number of National Hockey League players selected to Team USA to seventeen.

The announcement was made by 2002 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team General Manager Craig Patrick, Associate General Manager Larry Pleau, Director of Player Personnel Art Berglund and USA Hockey Executive Director Doug Palazzari.

“We are adding two very experienced and accomplished goaltenders who are playing close to, or at, the top of their game. We're very pleased that they are having superior years, because strong goaltending will be extremely important to being successful in the Olympics,” said Patrick.

As a member of the 2002 United States Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, Mike Richter will be competing in his third Olympic Winter Games. He previously represented Team USA when NHL players made their debut at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, recording a 1-3-0 record and a 3.55 goals-against average in four games. Richter also was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team in Calgary, Alberta, appearing in four contests and registering a 2-2-0 record and a 3.91 goals-against average.

Richter was a key member of the U.S. squad that captured the championship of the inaugural 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, posting a 5-1-0 record with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. Richter’s additional international experience includes backstopping the U.S. to the silver medal in the 1991 Canada Cup, being named a three-time U.S. Men’s National Team member (1986, 1987 and 1993) and a two-time member of the U.S. National Junior Team (1985 and 1986). His significant accomplishments in international competition over the course of his career were recognized when he was selected to the All-Time USA Hockey Team in 1997.

Richter is currently playing in his 14th season in the NHL, all with the Blueshirts. Through December 18, he has recorded a 14-9-2 record, along with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage this season. Richter has appeared in 623 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, posting a 286-235-70 overall regular-season record, including 31 career shutouts.

He owns the Rangers’ records for most saves in a single game (59 on January 31, 1991 at Vancouver), most wins in a single regular season (42 in 1993-94), most wins in one season including playoffs (58 in 1993-94), most games in one season (72 in 1997-98), most playoff wins in one season (16 in 1993-94) and most career playoff wins (32). Richter is a three-time NHL All-Star (1992, 1994 and 2000).

On March 24, USA Hockey named the first 10 members of the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, including: forwards Tony Amonte (Hingham, MA/Chicago Blackhawks), Chris Drury (Trumbull, CT/Colorado Avalanche), Bill Guerin (Wilbraham, MA/Boston Bruins), Brett Hull (Belleville, Ont./Detroit Red Wings), John LeClair (St. Albans, VT/Philadelphia Flyers), Mike Modano (Livonia, MI/Dallas Stars), Jeremy Roenick (Boston, MA./Philadelphia Flyers), Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, MA/St. Louis Blues) and Doug Weight (Warren, MI/St. Louis Blues); and defenseman Brian Leetch (Corpus Christi, TX/New York Rangers).

This summer USA Hockey also added defensemen Chris Chelios (Chicago, IL/Detroit Red Wings), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, MI/New Jersey Devils) and Gary Suter (Madison, WI/San Jose Sharks); and forward Scott Young (Clinton, MA/St. Louis Blues) to the roster. Most recently, on August 14, USA Hockey named goaltender Mike Dunham (Johnson City, N.Y./Nashville Predators) as a member of Team USA.

Today’s player selections to the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team are subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee’s Games Preparation Division. The remaining six U.S. players will be named to the 23-member roster on Saturday, December 22 by USA Hockey.

For the current Team USA Olympic roster and player bios click here.
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